The bulgur resembles to couscous but different, it is a broken wheat and main ingredient in tabbouleh salad and kibbeh (Arabian Cuisine).
The Turkish use the coarse bulgur in this recipe which looks like a Spanish rice and they call it Domatesli bulgur pilavı means Bulgur Pilaf with tomato, it is their traditional accompaniment favourite side dish served with Grills, Kebabs, Shish Taouk, Adana Kebab, Beyti Kebab… and goes perfectly with Turkish yoghurt or natural Greek yoghurt.
This is simple way to get all its nutritional benefits with basic ingredients, but adding cumin, chillies or other spice would create a lovely extra flavour dimension too.
Turkish Bulgur Pilaf Recipe
Bulgur pilaf is the most common side dish served with grilles in Turkish restaurants, easy, delicious and quick way to get all the nutritions.
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Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Total Carbohydrates 22g
Dietary Fiber 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 1 cup coarse bulgur (around 200g)
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 beef tomato, roughly chopped
- 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
- 1 green or red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 knob of butter
- ½ tbsp tomato paste
- ½ tbsp pepper paste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a deep saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat add the onion, bell pepper and sauté for a 5 minutes.
- Add the tomato and stir until softened, add the tomato paste, pepper paste, bulgur wheat with a wooden spoon work everything thoroughly.
- Add the hot water and season to taste give it a stir, cover and bring to boil over a high heat.
- Once the bulgur is fully cooked and water has been absorbed stir in a knob of butter, VOILA it's ready to serve with a scoop of yoghurt on top.
- This dish goes perfectly with Greek yoghurt.